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Cypress Waters Building Lobby

Cypress Waters is the newest 1,000-acre master-planned community to rise up in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Just five minutes from the DFW International airport, Cypress Waters is centered around a serene 300-acre lake, that entails office, multi-family and retail waterfront developments. The owners, Billingsley Co, wanted Cypress Waters to infuse waterfront living with the design principles of new urbanism and sustainable design. Their goal was to emphasize the benefits of a live / work community, and interconnect over 4.5 million square feet of office space with retail, parks, trails, and a lakeside town center.

Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite was brought in by the General Contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction to polish and seal 4,500 square feet of interior concrete flooring in the lobby of the 225,000 square foot office building at 9111 Cypress Waters Blvd.  Designed by GFF Architects, Texas Bomanite lended to the modern, sustainable design of the architecture by polishing the concrete to a 1,500 grit with a salt and pepper finish. Texas Bomanite utilized the Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor system; which consisted of grinding, chemical hardening with Bomanite Stabilizer Pro, and honing and polishing with Bomanite VitraFinish.

Prior to the final installation of the project Texas Bomanite also provided a 100 square foot mock-up, which allowed the architects and General Contractors a solid idea of exactly what the finished product would look like.  Even the results on plain concrete can be stunning. The Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor system can be utilized on existing or new uncolored concrete.

Bomanite VitraFlor utilizes select un-colored concrete that is placed and finished to standards required for decorative polished concrete flooring. The concrete is ground to expose the desired amount of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist. The primary benefit to Bomanite VitraFlor is the simplicity of installation and durability of the finished floor, lending to its low-maintenance and long-term sustainable features.

Texas Bomanite received the 2018 Honorable Mention Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Award for their outstanding decorative concrete work on the 9111 Cypress Waters Blvd. Business Complex.

Denver International Airport South Terminal Expansion

The Denver International Airport South Terminal Expansion project includes a new train terminal for the light rail to come and go from the airport and a new on-location hotel for the airport. With this expansion, a new plaza acts as the gateway for transit passengers as well as hotel guests. The 25,000 square foot plaza engages the space and livens the front of the airport. The designers designed the space not only to circulate high volumes of people, but also be a location for events and special exhibitions. Unique concrete benches within the plaza created some challenging construction problem solving.

Due to the unique design, the design team, general contractor and Colorado Hardscapes debated the constructability of the benches through pre-cast methods versus cast-in-place. Design elements such as a significant reverse batter, bullnosed edges and polished tops made the process challenging. To make it even more complex, some of the benches had a slight radius while others had heavy-duty electrical boxes and wiring integrated in the structure for special events. For on-grade construction, these would be challenging, but these benches sat on an elevated deck with large glass canopies spanning around them, creating one more challenge of getting ready-mix concrete to the benches. Despite these challenges, Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes agreed with the general contractor to cast and finish the benches in place.

Part of the agreement came from producing a mock-up section of the bench to ensure the crew could indeed cast these benches in place, and to receive approval of the bench finishes prior to any on-site construction. The mockup incorporated the specialty features of the batter, the electrical box, bullnose and polishing. Once Colorado Hardscapes identified the means and methods of construction and the design team approved the mock-up, the on-site construction proved successful. Colorado Hardscapes had custom-made Styrofoam forms made to create the significant reverse batter and the bullnose edge. They created large blockouts for the electrical boxes and used pumps and buggies to get the concrete to each bench. The true art-form came in the polishing process. Colorado Hardscapes worked with a local supplier to find special polishing equipment in order to polish the bullnose, edges and tops of each bench with the Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor System. With the high standards, attention to detail and persistence of the crew, the benches became a remarkable reality.

Bass Pro Shop

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Intermountain Concrete Polishing created a walkway and interior space to match the colors of the Florida Keys by using a combination of Bomaite Blue Concrete Dye and Bomanite Chemical Stains in Auburn and Pine. To contrast the dramatic color of the walkways that run through the Bass Pro Shop retail area, the remaining areas of the concrete base floor were polished at 800 grit and sealed with Bomanite StainGuard providing a sleek finished look.

Bomanite defines polished concrete as having sand exposure in the concrete surface at a minimum, the concrete is treated twice with chemically hardening compounds (once to harden the weaker paste surrounding the aggregates and once to finish hardening while improving stain resistance) and polished in successive steps in a manner similar to a granite countertop or floor. The process uses successively finer diamonds to produce a tight, durable finish that maximizes the strongest part of concrete – the aggregates. The Bomanite process is much closer to highly durable Terrazzo than to chemically hardened cement paste. Capitalizing on the hard aggregate is what makes a Bomanite polished floor superior to other systems both in retention of gloss and durability

St. Vrain Elementary School #26

A Concrete Learning Environment
When the St. Vrain School District in Northern Colorado decided to add a new school to their map, they did not want just another cookiecutter school. They hired RB+B Architects and the Birdsall Group to design an atypical school that would create an educational learning environment relevant to the history and geology of the town where it would be located. The resulting St. Vrain Elementary School #26 in Erie creates educational areas for students to learn about their region’s history and geology outside of the traditional classroom.

For this LEED certified school, the school district selected Adolfson and Peterson (A&P) as the general contractor because of its reputation for budget consciousness and its school construction experience. RB+B, the Birdsall, Group, and A&P worked with Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes, Inc. (CHI) during the design process to ensure that their visions for the concrete applications at this school could be constructed within budget and to the quality desired. As a result, the transition from design to construction flowed smoothly.

Mineral Pedestal
After students enter the school they are encouraged to engage in an educational component designed by RB+B in a typically un-used area of the lobby. Underneath a stairwell in the main corridor of the school, CHI worked with A&P to create a raised pedestal on which rocks from all four geological types were hand-placed and glued. The mineral pedestals had a polished Bomanite Modena SL with embedded rocks, and the perimeter curb was a light gray Bomanite Micro-Top. Local aggregates embedded in a concrete topping and polished to a high sheen exposed these rocks and created the protective surface on which to sandblast referral numbers next to each grouping of rocks. The school placed placards within the slab to help students identify each type of rock.

Cafeteria Flooring
The Bomanite polished concrete cafeteria floor in this school serves as a transition point, moving students from the outside through the cafeteria and gymnasium. With a creative use of elongated steps, the steps leading from the gymnasium to the cafeteria doubles as extra seating for the gymnasium. In addition to aesthetics and functionality, the finish provides the school with very low maintenance flooring. The choice of polished concrete offers intrinsic savings to the total project by enhancing the mandatory concrete slab rather than covering it with a disposable overlay of carpet or tiles that have a shorter life cycle and higher maintenance costs. CHI created on-site mock-ups for approval from the architect and owner prior to actual placement of the floor in the school.

Because of the craftsmanship required in both the concrete placement and the polishing process of these floors, steps, and ramps, CHI used the expertise of different crews to perform the work. The polishing team needed to remove all surface cream as well as bisect large aggregate in a consistent visual texture across the entire area, including the edges, steps, and ramps. The ramp provided the challenge of needing to be dense, reflective, and cleanable, but it also needed to provide the correct traction and slip resistance for wheel chair access. After a couple of samples CHI found a successful stopping point in the polishing process that met all the requirements for this area.

Interpretive Site Wall
After students walk through the school and down the beautifully polished ramp, they can exit to a playground enclosed by an educational interpretive wall. The Birdsall Group and CHI team, through budgeting and design conversations, chose an integrally colored wall displaying both an organic form finish and a more refined, yet natural, Sandscape® finish. The wall tells a story on each side. The side facing the parking lot shows the terrain where the town of Erie sits. The side facing the playground gives a timeline of the history of Erie.

The construction of the walls took creative thinking and pre-planning. Because of the two different finishes on the wall, CHI’s crews developed unique methods for forming and facing the walls. The walls contained both finishes on each side and needed to be poured monolithically. CHI worked with the designers to adjust the design slightly to create a formed concrete solution. On site the crews used great care to place, strip, and finish the walls. Other contractors on the jobsite commented on the craftsmanship displayed.

Pulling It All Together
Through design meetings, samples, on-site mock-ups, coordination with all parties, and on-time delivery, CHI exceeded expectations on St. Vrain Elementary School #26. This project required extensive coordination for CHI to provide the variety of finishes required. Crews with different expertise worked side-by-side, offering the client ease in scheduling, contracting, managing and communication. With an accelerated schedule to open school on time, no other concrete contractor could meet the demands of multiple decorative concrete finishes, sustainable requirements, and coordination better than Colorado Hardscapes, Inc.

 

iProspect

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Founded in 1996, iProspect is a global leader in digital marketing services.Today iProspect employs over 850 people and 39 offices in 27 global markets.Because of its dog-friendly, family-oriented and employee-morale based culture, the Fort Worth office of iProspect was ranked by Texas Monthly magazine as the #2 Best Place to Work in Texas in February of 2012.iProspect’s client list includes Neiman Marcus, Gap, Inc., Staples, Estee Lauder, The Container Store and Sears.

Texas Bomanite was called on by Fort Construction to provide polished concrete flooring in the new office space for iProspect: a renovated warehouse in the popular 7th Street District in Fort Worth.The vision for the new space was to create a contemporary workspace with a retro twist, exuding a warm and inviting feel.To help achieve this look, Texas Bomanite renovated over 19,580 SF of concrete using the Bomanite Polished Concrete system.The floor was diamond polished with a 1,500 grit finish and utilized over 1,120 linear feet of joint filler. iProspect’s new Fort Worth office was completed in May 2012.For more information on iProspect, visit www. iprospect.com.

Line 28 at LoHi Apartments

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A mixed-use building located on Boulder Street, a block from the Highland Bridge, connects downtown Denver to the Highlands. The owner and designer wanted high-end finishes to coordinate with their design for this upscale building as well as providing a  durable finish.

Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes worked with Holland Partners and Sprocket to select a decorative concrete product appropriate for the exterior entrance of the leasing office and a high-traffic solution for the interior communal spaces.

Colorado Hardscapes placed colored Sandscape with decorative sawcuts for exterior entrance to the leasing office. Sprocket chose the Bomanite Custom Polishing System for the interior spaces; kitchen, offices, lobby, hallways, and the elevator room. They chose the VitraFlor polished concrete system due to its durability for high traffic areas.

Skillfully polished concrete neutrally colored with rich luminosity and deep undertones to complete the design of the interior space while providing a low maintenance floor which can withstand high traffic conditions. Sandscape concrete complements the exterior entrance and gives a foretaste of the material pallet chosen for the interior.

Dallas City Performance Hall

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The Dallas City Performance Hall, renamed the Moody Performance Hall, opened its doors in September 2012 to display the city’s artistic and cultural diversity. Texas Bomanite was brought on to provide the lobby and common areas with over 10,700 sf of low-maintenance, high durability Bomanite Custom Polished concrete floors.

In order to achieve the desired look, Texas Bomanite prepared a special concrete mix that was installed after numerous trial samples were produced, and the right mix was chosen. The final concrete design incorporated 100% aggregates and sand imported from Georgetown, Texas. The 3” topping slab was installed by others over a structural concrete foundation.

Texas Bomanite prepared a sample area of polished concrete for approval in place within the facility. The second sample produced indicative of a “Deep Grind,” or large aggregate exposure, was approved for the project. Working with the general contractor and the various other trades still on site, Texas Bomanite proceeded to polish the floors by sectioning off areas to work within. Once an area had been brought up to the final polish level, the floors were covered to protect them while the other trades completed their scope of work. Texas Bomanite also installed a polyurea joint sealer in the control joints located in the topping slab during the polish operation. As a final touch, Texas Bomanite uncovered the floors and provided a final floor burnish prior to the grand opening of the facility.

Windsor’s Readiness Center

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The Army National Guard of Colorado, located in Windsor, CO, was looking for a flooring material to showcase their emblem and compliment the new design of space. Inspired by the emblem design at Fort Lupton and Buckley Air Force Base, they called on Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes to install an intricate emblem of the Army National Guard logo, as well as place and polish the concrete surrounding the emblem in the front entry, assembly halls and hallways. Colorado Hardscapes worked closely with RB+B to design a custom emblem in the concrete, as well as the color and design of the Bomanite polished concrete.

The hallways, assembly hall and front entry used Bomanite polished concrete with a VitraFinish. In the assembly hall, where the concrete was placed by a different subcontractor but polished by Colorado Hardscapes, a reactive stain was added around the perimeter. After the project was completed, it was interesting to note the difference in the front entry where Colorado Hardscapes placed and polished the concrete versus the assembly hall where the existing floor was just polished. Placing and polishing the concrete is essential for a uniform look.

The emblem in the concrete was improved upon from previous projects because the emblem was ground ¼” deep, placed with logo, filled with a high-solid epoxy, and polished to the same level of the concrete surrounding it.

Private Residence – Castle Rock, CO

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Planning for the landscape and pool project at this Castle Pines residence included early meetings at Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Colorado Hardscapes’ Design Center with Courtney McRickard, the landscape designer. Colors, textures, and different applications were discussed, sampled, reviewed all the while keeping the costs of each option in tune with the overall budget.

Final selections included the use of natural stone paving and cast-in-place concrete – both vertical and horizontal. Landscape walls, pool coping, cast-in-place patio stones, and the fireplace hearth all were placed with a Sandscape Texture ® finish, utilizing a specialty integral color, a light buff color, achieved by utilizing titanium dioxide in the concrete mix.

The fireplace hearth was finished by grinding and polishing the concrete to a glass-like finish, making a very smooth hearth and/or bench.

The patio area with the cast-in-place patio stones of varying sizes was cast on a level plane with a sub-surface drainage system designed to quickly move any water away from the house and its foundation. Small Mexican beach pebbles filled the gaps between the patio sections.

The colors and textures of the concrete worked well with both the hard and soft surfaces of the overall landscape theme to create an outstanding project.

First Texas Honda

Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Texas Bomanite worked with project designer Architect’s Inc. in the initial design phase in providing several different flooring systems for First Texas Honda, which is the largest Honda dealership in the world at over 140,000 square feet.

Texas Bomanite was asked to provide 95,665 square feet of diamond polished concrete flooring in the service areas and service drive. The finishes ranged from 800 grit to 100 grit. In the showroom area and service building, 37,150 square feet of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top was installed with over 40,000 linear feet of decorative scoring. The highlight of the showroom was the Honda logo. 270 square feet of the front entry features the Broadcast Aggregate system by Bomanite, and the front entry walks and bridge deck features over 7,515 square feet of the Bomanite’s Sandscape exposed system.